Hellebuyck makes 30 saves to lift Jets over Penguins 1-0

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves to lift Jets over Penguins 1-0
Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (30) stops the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. The Jets won 1-0. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves and got his first career NHL shutout to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday night.

The rookie goalie blanked Pittsburgh in his ninth NHL game, giving the Jets their first shutout this season and ending a two-game skid.

Bryan Little scored on a penalty shot in the first period.

The loss ended Pittsburgh’s two-game winning streak. Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 27 saves.

Little’s penalty shot was the first of his career and was awarded after he was pulled down on the way to the net by defenseman Ben Lovejoy with 5:14 left. He put his shot over Zatkoff’s glove into the upper corner.

Pittsburgh outshot the Jets 23-16 during the first two periods.

Zatkoff made a key save near the midway point of the third when Jets forward Drew Stafford had an open net, but his low shot was stopped by the stick of the sprawled netminder.

Jets coach Paul Maurice juggled three lines because of the absence of center Mark Scheifele, out with a concussion.

Andrew Ladd was replaced by Stafford on the top line with Little and right-winger Blake Wheeler.

Ladd skated with Scheifele’s replacement, center Adam Lowry, and Alexander Burmistrov.

Mathieu Perreault went back to a center slot between Nikolaj Ehlers and Chris Thorburn.

Notes: The Jets put Scheifele on injured reserve Sunday for at least seven days because of a concussion he suffered in a collision with Andrew Ladd at practice Saturday. Lowry was called up from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. … The Penguins sat defenseman Kris Letang for precautionary reasons after he was hit in the head in a win Saturday night over Minnesota. … Winnipeg hosts Detroit on Tuesday night, while Pittsburgh returns home to play Toronto on Wednesday night.

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